Going on holiday with friends always sounds like a great idea at the time, until you actually think about the logistics of the trip. Who’s going to make the meals, clean-up, and how in the world will you figure out who gets which bedroom?
Even the closest of friends sometimes have issues with sharing a holiday space together, and even when you’re staying in a villa as opposed to a small hotel room, it can still be a nightmare.
In order to enjoy all the sun, beach, and crystal waters that await, you’ll have to wrap your head around being with a group while on vacation. Granted it’s a group of people you know and love, but there still can be problems that creep up.
Here’s 7 ways to survive a villa holiday with friends, so that you’ll still be buddies after the trip is over.
Tip #7: Book a Luxury Villa
If you book a villa that isn’t of the greatest quality, or that’s not in the best location, it will affect your overall experience significantly. You want to find somewhere luxurious that offers beautiful views, as your surroundings will really impact everyone’s mood (and grumpy friends is really not what you want to deal with.
Take the Greek islands for example. Paros is one of the most popular spots and there are multiple luxury villas in Paros that can cater to your group size and requirements. You have the option to stay and relax in your own private pool or explore what the island has to offer, so everyone’s needs can be met.
Tip #6: Pick Out Sleeping Arrangements Before the Trip
This is a tip that will save a ton of arguments the day you arrive at your villa. You should be able to see a room layout online to give you an idea of who can go where. It goes without saying that you need to make sure the villa has enough sleeping space for everyone, as you don’t want to be fighting over who has to sleep on the sofa!
Tip #5: Make Up a List of House Rules
You can do this a bit “tongue in cheek.” Make it fun, but go over some serious rules as well. For example, if you need a rule about strangers coming to the house, make it. This is especially true if someone in your group has children to worry about. Your single friend doesn’t really need to bring back everyone he meets in town to hang out at the villa.
Tip #4: Work Out Group Meal Planning
You’re probably not going to be dining out every night as a group, so it’s helpful to make a plan as to how meals are going to work. You can divide up the days per person or couples to make dinner. That way it’s not all on your one friend who’s an excellent cook, unless they want it to be.
Tip #3: Know It’s Okay to go Your Own Way
Sometimes you might want to spend the day at the beach, visit some ruins, or go into town to shop. You don’t have to do everything together. Depending on the size of your group, it’s perfectly fine to go your own way during the trip.
Tip #2: Watch the Alcohol Consumption
This is a tough one. It’s a holiday! There’s probably going to be drinking. If you know that your one pal always starts a fight about politics with your other buddy, you might be in for an issue. Try to keep the good times going, but be aware that trouble might start if there is too much alcohol involved.
Tip #1: Just Enjoy!
Try not to let it get to you when that one friend leaves their towel on the bathroom floor each day. You’re on holiday, it’s vital to understand that you only have a set amount of time to experience the bliss of the villa. So sit back, and enjoy the trip as much as possible and don’t let the little annoyances of being with a group get to you.
Have you had any great or not so great experiences travelling with friends?